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Dancing in The Duke's Arms: A Regency Romance Anthology Kindle Edition
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The setting is a house party where 4 Dukes attend because they all have an estate in close proximity to each other.
May I have this Duke?
The first story by Ms Burrowes starts off quite well (the sample) but quickly devolves into a modern historical where the h is quite happy to engage the H in a love affair but isn't at all prepared to marry him for very weak reasons. Although I have my ups and downs with this author, I usually compliment her on her writing style - I found this story lacking in all senses and it could have been written by anyone. Not her best at all. I also loathe her favourite plot where the h won't accept the H's proposal of marriage despite being very happy to be intimate with him (pregnancy worries aside).
Waiting for a Duke like you
I'm truly not a fan of this author - she is of the modern historical genre that I detest. The h is a princess of an obscure principality (that doesn't prize virginity - read "are happy to sleep around") on the run from assassins that killed off her whole family. The H is a 'pretty' duke that fell in love with her years before but she doesn't remember him because she doesn't go for men who are more attractive than her. I had a hard time liking this h and the fact that she was 'liberal' didn't endear her to me either. The H was the only reason for me to persevere to the end. Readers who are sticklers for stringency to the period will not enjoy characters addressing the Duke as 'Duke' and another secondary character as 'Duchess'. I'm not a stickler and I was really irritated.
Duchess of Scandal
This was the book that I really didn't want to read because I'm not a fan of 'second chance' romances in general (across all genres). However this author won me over. Our H and h have been estranged for 5 years and end up on the same estate at the same time by accident. Both characters harbour disappointments from the early days of their marriage. I have no idea how the author managed to win me and the characters over in such a short story but she did. i have to say that this bundle is only worth reading because of this story
An Unsuitable Duchess
I forgot to put in a description about this book and have mixed feelings. The author is true to the period and her forms of address are correct and read so well. I liked the story build up to a point but then again the widow plot disguised as an excuse for lots of sex without commitment raised it's head. By this point in this bundle, I realised that the authors were pleasing their publisher as well as their general readers by including the usual steamy stuff that contemporary romances are made of but I was still disappointed. The H in this story makes an offer for the h to become his mistress even though her brother is one of his close friends and he respects him. The h doesn't agree to become his mistress but comes to his room that night as his lover. They proceed to have sex every night whilst the H has houseguests and all without any commitment on his part. I can never recover from the lack of respect the H shows the h by his suddenly deciding to marry her. For me he never valued her enough in the first place.
This bundle is for you if you love the steamy stuff and don't care too much about accuracy in a historical romance. I sincerely hope that I remember that I haven't enjoyed these 2 books by these authors so far and don't make the mistake of buying another.
My favorite of the stories was written by Miranda Neville and followed by Carolyn Jewell. Were there parts of the story I didn't care for in this bundle, yes. But also, very enjoyable to see how the house party caused so much upheaval in some of their lives.
My least favorite was by Shana Galen. I didn't care for the h at all. She didn't like the H because he was prettier than her - OH PLEASE!! After that announcement, I didn't care what happened to her.
I did enjoy the story by Grace Burrows. The h was endearing and at times I wanted to knock sense into the H head because he couldn't see the forest through the trees.
Yes, there is lovemaking - 3 I would consider mild, the other story not vulgar, just more.
I am not going into the premise of the stories, as the author's and others have explained in detail. If you are not familiar with these author's, this is a great way to get a taste of their writing.
We get HEA, no cliffhanger's, some romance, interesting character's, some stories have some twists and surprises. In the end, worth your time and money. (ljb)
The first, MAY I HAVE THIS DUKE, by Grace Burrowes, is a charming and witty tale of the stuffy Hammersley, Duke of Hardcastle, and his nephew’s smart and witty governess, Miss Ellen MacHugh. It’s filled with wonderful dialogue, with perfect English dry wit, and a sweet and sexy romance. I really love Ms. Burrowes writing voice!
WAITING FOR A DUKE LIKE YOU, by Shana Galen, shines with adventure. Cauley, Duke of Wyndover, avoiding the fawning misses at a house party, trips over a young woman asleep under a bridge. Princess Vivienne is the last of the royal family of Glynaven. She’s seeking asylum in England, if she can avoid the assassins trailing her long enough to reach safety. I love a hero story, with a brave duke willing to sacrifice all to protect a woman in danger. And there’s plenty of danger here, blended with a lovely romance.
DUCHESS OF SCANDAL, by Miranda Neville, is an estranged marriage story. The Duke of Linton and his duchess, Althea, have politely avoided each other for five years. But when they come together at his Dukeries’ estate by accident, they find the chemistry is still hot. The excellent conflict in this reuniting husband and wife plot is perfectly developed, with a charming resolution.
AN UNSUITABLE DUCHESS, by Carolyn Jewel is the story of the Duke of Stoke Taversault and the widowed Georgina Lark. Stoke is stoic and grumpy, and focused on the many responsibilities that come with his title. No woman could ever love him, for he manages to strike fear into others by simply striding into a room. But Georgina is not afraid of him, and recognizes the man within. These two stumble over each other before owning their attraction, and it's very well-done.
Each of these stories has its own charm, lovely characters and a sweet romance. Intertwined in them is the continuity of the spring celebration at the Dukeries, with house parties, picnics, scavenger hunts, a boating race, and balls. This is one of those that I was sorry to finish. They were so much fun, they left me wanting more. Enjoy!